Geography of Shaman
the planet
"Shaman" is a world based far from Earth. The term "world" is generally used rather than "universe", since it's unclear whether Shaman is in the same universe as Earth but in a different solar system, or if it's in a separate universe altogether. The word "Shaman" can be used to refer to the planet as a whole, or as a collective term for all the known land within the planet. Therefore, sometimes fairies can talk about "the lands beyond Shaman" (i.e., the unknown or undiscovered territory) while still referring to the same planet.

As yet, fairies have not explored beyond the planet of Shaman and there has been very little study of astronomy. As technology develops and curiosity is piqued, this may be an area of development.

geography and climate
Most of the known territory on Shaman is on the mainland. By Earth terms, the mainland is relatively small: it's possible to trek from one end to the other in a day. There are some unexplored areas in the mainland, but most of it is known and utilised by fairies. Around the mainland are a few smaller islands which each generally serve as one territory, since they are too small to be split into numerous lands. There are some unexplored and undiscovered islands around the mainland.
There is almost certainly more undiscovered territory beyond what is currently known. It is now believed that what is known as "the lands of Shaman" is actually only one country on a planet of indeterminate size. It's every explorer's dream to find a new, undiscovered country.

Within the mainland, the geography is extremely diverse. Shaman was not created in a carefully controlled manner; polar opposites were frequently thrown together in a confusing jumble, which is how freezing mountain ranges and tropical rainforests can co-exist alongside one another. Magic stabilises these different biomes, but due to a combination of fairy intervention and nature, the geography is constantly changing. Territory boundaries are usually drawn where a new biome seems to appear. Magic and magical pollution often has a huge impact on nature and can completely alter the laws of physics.

The climate is completely unstable due to excess magical pollution. Sometimes the whole of Shaman is fairly temperate, sometimes there are vast differences between individual territories.

Life on Shaman
Shaman was created by the deity Aura as a sanctuary for fairykind and a place where they could escape human persecution. Consequently, most of the "intelligent" life on Shaman is fairies and their familiars. The only other intelligent life is the unknown entities who are formed from ancient magic, such as Omni, whom many believe are not fairies at all but rather a different species altogether. All fairies are effectively the same species, although there are proven biological differences between "ordinary" fairies and the original fairies. This has led some to propose the theory that there are two sub-species of fairy: the "pure" originals and the "compound" ordinary modern fairies. There are also some smaller biological differences between modern fairies and extremely old immortal fairies, suggesting evolution over time.

All manner of plant and animal life exists on Shaman, from the "ordinary" creatures of Earth to strange mythical beasts. Some believe that magical pollution has caused mutations in the DNA of ordinary animals, creating entirely new species altogether. These new species are called "shamanimals". You are free to design your own shamanimals. If you do create one, please share it with us so we can put it up on this page!

Click the headings below to view the shamanimals and Shaman-unique flora creatured by members.

Mome Raths
Sabre-Toothed Sciuridox
Slithy Toves
Glow Monster
Umbariet Deer
Terrik Bear
Moth Owl
Great Occiva
Caliga Fish

Red Eve Flower
Ghost Grass
Leech Snapper / Life Sapper
bio-luminescent butterfly blossom
Lacewood Maple
Aura's Tears
Spaniard's Flare
Northman's Blade
Jack Frost's Kiss

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